Balls of Fury Reviews

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Matthew Turner
ViewLondon
December 27, 2007
Balls of Fury isn't quite as funny as it thinks it is, but there are some good gags and it's worth seeing for Christopher Walken's performance.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Jeffrey Westhoff
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
November 1, 2007
A good-natured, easy-to-take goof.
| Original Score: 3/4
Bruce Bennett
Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
October 22, 2007
There are just enough interesting characters, along with dozens of fresh ideas relating to ping-pong, to keep the audience along for the ride.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Eric Lurio
Entertainment Insiders
September 8, 2007
The last must-see comedy of the summer.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Kam Williams
AALBC.com
September 1, 2007
A breakout role for Dan Fogler, who comes across as a combination of Johns Belushi and Candy, exhibiting the former's unbounded enthusiasm, and the latter's ever-endearing charm. Just remember to check your brain at the box-office.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Fred Topel
Can Magazine
August 31, 2007
Thank god somebody remembers how to do comedy. It's really simple. If you're doing really silly things, you have to play them totally straight. That's the only way it works.
John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
August 31, 2007
Both 'Balls' and 'Rush Hour 3' include scenes in which the lead characters walk gingerly because of an unfortunate, um, butt circumstance; yet such lowbrow antics are much easier to take in the movie that DIDN'T cost $140 million.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Ross Anthony
Hollywood Report Card
August 30, 2007
Opens without a pulse, fires intermittent blanks throughout, musters up momentum with a silly sense of humor that eventually, just barely, wins over its audience.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
August 30, 2007
This is pretty thin soup, but the players are spirited and the jokes generally offbeat.
August 30, 2007
Could a movie that mixes table tennis, spies and kung-fu action star anyone else but Christopher Walken? Probably not.
Prairie Miller
Long Island Press
August 30, 2007
Balls Of Fury sweeps across the screen with delightfully wacko one liners per second, locked solidly into the genius premise of ping pong as a girlie game morphed into superjock rivalry between ferocious, sweaty he-men.
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
August 30, 2007
While Balls of Fury is slightly more sophisticated in its comic strategies, 'slightly' remains the operative word.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Kit Bowen
Hollywood.com
August 30, 2007
The surprisingly funny Balls of Fury's tagline may read, "A Huge Comedy with Tiny Balls," but it has some big, brass ones, too.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
James Rocchi
Cinematical
August 29, 2007
Balls of Fury may be fairly specialized (How many sports-flick/martial arts parodies can you name, off the top of your head?), but even with that weird backhand spin, it scores more than a few points.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Lisa Rose
Newark Star-Ledger
August 29, 2007
Something of a surprise, Balls of Fury serves up sports thrills and a good amount of laughter...
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
August 29, 2007
It's schlocky and tasteless but also good-natured and harmless, and the people who come out to see it will get just what they want: 90 minutes of freewheeling, switch-off-your-brain laughs.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Liz Braun
Jam! Movies
August 29, 2007
Everyone in the movie appears to be having a very good time, an attractive quality in a comedy. You may laugh out loud in spite of yourself.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
August 29, 2007
Lennon, Garant and Fogler are masters of the prolonged punch line, extending a joke so far that it hits funny, whizzes into the stands, then bounces back. The same, come to think of it, could be said for their movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Mark Feeney
Boston Globe
August 29, 2007
Balls of Fury also scores points, so to speak, for coming up with its own sports context. Talladega Nights had NASCAR. Blades of Glory had the world of figure skating. Ping-Pong has . . . rec rooms?
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Kamal Al-Solaylee
Globe and Mail
August 29, 2007
It may look episodic and disgracefully low-budget in places, but there's also a theatrical quality in the way scenes are blocked, and punch lines delivered.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Tom Meek
Boston Phoenix
April 23, 2009
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Bob Mondello
NPR.org
October 18, 2008
Garth Franklin
Dark Horizons
January 15, 2008

Screen International
September 8, 2007
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch
September 1, 2007
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